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“Sometime I think he’s a big phony weiner face.”: My Conversation With Amy Anderson

Ladies and gentlemen, I now introduce to you the lovely, talented, and very funny Ms. Amy Anderson

Land of Gazillion Adoptees: Where did you grow up in MN, and do you come back here every now and then?

Amy: I grew up in a town called Excelsior, MN which is the SW suburbs of Minneapolis. I was in the Minnetonka school district my entire childhood. I try to get back to the Twin Cities at least once a year. I’m lucky enough to usually book some sort of show there and then will expand the work trip to spend time visiting friends and family.

Land of Gazillion Adoptees: Sweet.  When and why did you decide to be a comedian and what’s your most memorable gig?

Amy: I decided to pursue comedy after I got a degree in classical music. I didn’t feel passionate about music as a career anymore and I moved back to MN to figure things out. For fun, I decided to take an improv comedy class and by the end of the first class I was hooked. That was 14-1/2 years ago! My most memorable gig was probably my Comedy Central premiere on Premium Blend back in 2003. It was my first national television spot and they flew me to NYC to shoot it. I landed that spot all on my own, no agent or manager and after only a year and a half in Los Angeles. It was a really big accomplishment for me and so exciting.

Land of Gazillion Adoptees: Nice! Do you have any advice for young adoptees who are considering a life in show business?

Amy: Um… do something else? Seriously it is not an easy life and it does take an incredible amount of drive, passion and hard work. People often think entertainers are lazy and spoiled. That they have it really easy and get paid so much to have a great life, but I guarantee you, almost every person you see on tv and in the movies has worked their butt off and often made a lot of sacrifice to get there. Also, as a single-mom, as a woman in the business of comedy – it’s extra challenging. I’m not going to lie. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. It takes a real desire, but if you have it, you have to believe in yourself, have an incredible work ethic and a thick skin and be prepared to never give up.

Land of Gazillion Adoptees: Thanks, Amy!  And to the rest of you, please go to the following links to check out more stuff from Amy, including her album “Amy Anderson: I Failed Math,” which is available on iTunes.

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